Drowning is among the top causes of accidental death worldwide. Drowning can happen quickly and in less than 1 inch of water. Backyard swimming pools were the most common places where children under 5 drowned. The CDC reports that some of the key factors of drowning are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent water access and lack of supervision while swimming. While these facts seem frightening, statistics show these drowning tragedies are preventable in a majority of cases. If your summer fun includes any kind of water activity, be sure to check out our water safety tips first!
Water Safety Tips
1. Establish rules and teach your child to always ask for permission to go near water.
2. Enroll your child in swimming classes.
3. Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards when possible.
4. Install barriers such as fences around your pool/hot tub. Remove any objects that will provide your child access to the pool.
5. Keep toys away from the pool as they can attract young children to the pool/water.
7. Keep your kids under constant supervision. Never leave your child unattended!
8. Make sure your kids wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft, and in open bodies of water.
1. If your child is missing, always check the water first.
2. Call 911 or your local emergency number.
3. Make sure that your first aid kit, life jacket(s) and reaching equipment is near the pool.
4. Enroll in CPR/AED courses in order to learn how to prevent and/or respond to emergencies.
While water activities can be a bit frightening, they can also be loads of fun. Be sure to follow any and all of the safety rules you know and your little ones will have a wet and wild summer that’s full of awesome memories.
Photos via Rachel of TheRachelRoss.com (a Fab new guest blogger for FabKids!)